Scoliosis is a condition that affects a person’s backbone, causing a curve to develop. It may be small or large, but it is considered scoliosis when more than 10 degrees on an X-ray. Doctors describe scoliosis using the letters “C” or “S.” At Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic in Bradenton, FL, we offer chiropractic treatment options to treat all types of scoliosis.


Types of Scoliosis

Scoliosis is categorized into the following four types.

Idiopathic Scoliosis

It is a type of Scoliosis with no definite cause. It’s broken down into the following age groups:

  • Infant – 0 to 3 years
  • Juvenile – 4 to 10 years
  • Adolescent – 11 to 18 years
  • Adult – 18+ years

Congenital Scoliosis

This type of scoliosis occurs before birth, causing a baby’s spine to curve. It affects the vertebrae making them incomplete or fail to separate adequately. This condition may be identified at birth or in the teenage years.

Neuromuscular Scoliosis

This is a spinal injury that damages your muscles, making them weak and unable to support your spine. This results in a curved back.

Degenerative Scoliosis

This condition mainly affects the lower back disks and joints, causing them to wear out with age. This type of scoliosis is most common in adults.

Signs and Symptoms of Scoliosis

The symptoms of scoliosis vary depending on the type. However, there are several symptoms associated with the condition in general, including:

  • Back pain
  • Breathing problems due to a reduced chest area for lungs expansion
  • One shoulder appearing higher than the other
  • Rotating spine
  • Uneven waist or hips

Scoliosis Diagnosis

There is no definite cause or way to prevent scoliosis. Chiropractors help detect the issue and deploy an effective treatment method. Some of the methods our chiropractor uses to diagnose scoliosis include:

Physical Exam

Our chiropractor will assess your back while standing with your arms spread apart to identify any curvature in your back. We will also check to see if your waist and shoulders are symmetrical.


Imaging tests used by our chiropractor include:

  • X-ray: An x-ray will allow our chiropractor to confirm a scoliosis diagnosis.
  • Bone scan: A radioactive solution is injected into your blood and concentrates in areas with extreme circulation to help identify spinal issues.
  • CT scan: Images taken at different angles will create a 3-D image of your spine.
  • MRI: This diagnostic tool uses magnetic waves to create a picture of your musculoskeletal system.

Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis

Depending on the extent of your condition, our Bradenton chiropractor will develop a customized treatment plan. They can perform various adjustments to align your spine, increase your back’s flexibility, and help reduce pain. Our chiropractor may also recommend corrective exercise to address keep your muscles sturdy and supportive.

Contact Our Bradenton Chiropractor for Scoliosis Treatment

For more information on scoliosis or to schedule an appointment with our Bradenton chiropractor, call Lakewood Ranch Chiropractic today at (941) 739-2900.


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